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Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.550

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.550 Ground Level Details – Building Design

  1. Purpose.
    To ensure that buildings along any street display the greatest amount of visual interest and reinforce the character of the streetscape.
  2. Ground Level Details Implementation.

    1. Ground level of building shall be pedestrian-friendly in scale, expression and use of materials. (R)

    2. Ground floor of the buildings shall have at least three of the following elements: (P)

      1. Large windows.

      2. Kickplates for storefront window.

      3. Projecting sills.

      4. Pedestrian scale signs.

      5. Canopies.

      6. Plinth.

Large ground floor windows, kick plates, and recessed entries reinforce the character of the ground level.



Ground level details can be subtle, like the planter boxes,
pedestrian level signage and window detailing.


Each building in this row uses different ground level
windows and facade details.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1